These DIY floating box shelves are super quick and easy and add a charming pop of dimension and color to any gallery wall!
When Mike and I were planning our wedding, I knew I wanted to come up with a
complicated thoughtful way to ask my friends to be bridesmaids. My solution involved giving them each a vintage-looking cigar box filled with handmade bits and bobbles and personalized gifts. They all foolishly agreed to be in our wedding. Probably because they had no idea that their future would involve forced labor in a pre-wedding craft sweatshop that was legitimately forced, sweaty and way too last minute.
Anyhow, I ended up with a few extra wooden cigar boxes. They’re sturdy and have a beautiful finish. I knew that with a bit of work (seriously a bit–like 15 minutes), they could make the perfect DIY floating box shelves. Add some scrapbook paper and a wall hanger and you’ve got yourself a whole box of possibilities.
What’s great about adding little nooks and crannies to gallery walls is that they add a lot of visual interest when mingled among picture frames. Plus you can switch out what lives in the shelves much easier than changing out artwork. While I made these for a kids space/nursery, they really can be customized for any style of decor based on the scrapbook paper and embellishments you choose.
(And just between you and me, I used an itsy bitsy amount of glue to hold the paper in the boxes so that I can change the backgrounds when I change my mind. Which could happen tomorrow. Some double-sided tape or small glue dots would also work well to make your paper choice more temporary.)
I originally found my wooden cigar boxes on eBay, but there are even some available on Amazon. I’ve also seen similar styled wooden boxes at Michael’s. To save a few bucks, check thrift stores or heck, your Dad’s garage. All you really need is some kind of wooden box that will look nice mounted on the wall.
DIY Floating Box Shelves Supplies
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• wooden cigar boxes
• scrapbook paper
• embellishments like ric rac or ribbon (mine came from the dollar bins at Target)
• glue (glue dots or double-sided tape can potentially work too)
• picture hangers
• small hammer
• flat head screw driver (to pry hinges off cigar boxes)
1. Use your screwdriver to carefully pry the hinges off your cigar box. There will likely be a couple of visible holes left in the box. I chalked those up to “character” and moved on.
2. Measure and mark the mid-point of the back of your cigar box and hang your picture hanger there.
3. Measure the opening of your cigar box. Draw a rectangle of the same dimensions on the back of your chosen scrapbook paper. Cut out the rectangle. Since my boxes aren’t entirely even and square, this took a bit of trimming to get right. Again, I don’t think this has to be perfect to look good up on the wall.
4. Using a very small amount of glue, double-sided tape or a couple of glue dots, attach your scrapbook paper to the inside of your cigar box.
5. Embellish your box shelves further by glueing other little pretties to your paper background or the cigar boxes themselves.
Bam! Do it yourself floating box shelves faster than you can say “do it yourself floating box shelves!”
What sweet little knick knacks are going to live in your shelves? I think the little animal family living in ours looks pretty content, don’t you?
If you’d like more DIY wall art projects to deck out your gallery wall, you’ll definitely want to check out these projects:
How To Make Letterpress Printing Blocks From Craft Store Wooden Letters
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“I Love You” Sign Language Embroidery Pattern (Perfect for a nursery!)
How to Make DIY Hexagon Shelves Out of Popsicle Sticks
How to Make Honeycomb Shelves Out of Popsicle Sticks
Follow Jess @ Make and Do Crew’s board DIY Home – Art on Pinterest.
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